Baraka (1992)

The Power, beauty and rage of life itself!

A cinematic exposé of life and the natural world we live in. Baraka is shot over a period of 14 months capturing the world we live in set against its flowing soundtrack. Detailing the lives, technological advancements, tragedies and lifestyles of natural occurrences of planet Earth. Shot in simplistic beauty over 6 continents viewers witness a variety of settings from a busy subway station in New York city to ancient temples and tribal peoples. Showing the history of human tragedy in Auschwitz to burning oil fields in the middle east. The lives of people are documented in an open and honest style, without need of explanation the filming simply states what it sees in uncomplicated innocence.

The filming style and editing of the world around us is viewed in a kaleidoscopic continuation as one setting morphs into the next showing the level of connectivity we all experience in our existence. From Maasai celebrations to photos and grisly trophies, time lapses move us through the natural and manufactured world. Witness the world ending power of a active volcano to the power of industrialization and how the lives of people affect nature with the background score perfectly pacing each unique, yet symbiotic environment.

Baraka is in essence a capturing of who we are and the very scenic beauty of the world we live on, uncomplicated and honest. Cataloguing where we are and where we have come from, all aspects of life and existence are documented.

The simplistic creation of such a complicated concept is break taking and leaves the viewer with a newfound respect of our surroundings. Without narration or suggestion the viewer is free to imagine their own story surrounding the scenes that unfold and this makes Baraka a truly unique experience for everyone. Viewing not only life but natural wonders over every continent that humans call home. Man made structures that reflect worship and wealth, people living in abject poverty and those that live in civilizations untouched by western development combine into a perfect summary of the world around us.

Shot in two styles and combining tracking shots with flawless editing the viewer is shown a view of the world that would be impossible to witness. A mixture of stills, slow tracking and time lapses bring this world to life in a way that so few could experience. 

Whilst the beauty is simply undeniable, Baraka serves as a subtle warning to the fragility of the world around us and how we must ensure it remains home for us all.

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